2018-19 Pomona College Catalog 
    Jul 14, 2020  
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Music Courses

Theory of Music

Performance of Music: Individual and Class Instruction

Credit is granted for courses in private music instruction.  Students at Level I (MUS 010 PO  and MUS 015 PO ) must demonstrate considerable progress after four semesters in order to continue. To be eligible for Level II lessons, students must pass a Qualifying Examination, offered at the beginning and end of each semester.  All enrollment for private music instruction must be made with the Music Department academic coordinator during the first week of the semester. (Students planning to take the Qualifying Examination must consult with the instructor concerning the requirements.)

Students studying privately are expected to participate regularly in the appropriate curricular ensembles (course numbers in the 30s or 40s) to the full extent of their ability.

Satisfying GE Area 6 through partial-credit courses in Music

The Music Department offers a range of courses for 0.25 or 0.5 credits per semester that may be used in combinations to satisfy the 1.0 credit requirement for GE Area 6, Creation and Performance of Works of Art and Literature.  The GE Area 6 requirement may be satisfied by amassing (at least) 1.0 credit in Instruction in Applied Music, or by amassing (at least) 1.0 credit in Performance Ensembles.  Combining courses from the two categories to reach a total of 1.0 credit does not satisfy the requirement.

To satisfy GE Area 6 through courses in Instruction in Applied Music (MUS 006 PO  , MUS 007 PO , MUS 010 PO, MUS 015 PO, MUS 020 PO, and MUS 100 PO, all  courses taken must be on the same instrument or on voice. (MUS 117 PO  does not contribute to the GE Area 6 requirement.)

For students taking four semesters of 0.25 credit lessons, a Qualifying Examination, administered by the Music Department at the beginning and end of each semester, must be taken by the end of the fourth semester of lessons.

Performance of Music: Ensembles

The performing ensembles sponsored by the Music Department are open to all qualified students of the Claremont Colleges and earn 0.5 credit each. Auditions, where required, are normally held during the opening weeks of each semester. Each ensemble may be taken for credit a maximum of four times (for the equivalent of 2.0 course credits); however, the course will also appear on the transcript for each subsequent semester in which it is taken for no credit.

Satisfying GE Area 6 through Performance Ensembles

For ensembles with course numbers in the 30s (MUS 031 PO MUS 032 PO MUS 033 PO  MUS 035 PO , or MUS 037 PO ), the same courses must be taken in two consecutive semesters. For (MUS 041 PO  ,MUS 042B PO  and MUS 042C PO ), any two courses (or the same course twice) will satisfy the requirement. (MUS 040 PPO  does not contribute to the GE Area 6 requirement.)